Throughout human history, plants have provided us with food, clothing, medicine and shelter. The Rocky Mountains are home to a diversity of plant species that have helped native peoples and settlers survive through the centuries. Edible & Medicinal Plants of The Rocky Mountains describes 333 common trees, shrubs, flowers, ferns, mosses and lichens that have been used by people from ancient times to the present. This comprehensive guide contains:
- More than 700 colour photographs and illustrations
- An introduction explaining the use of wild plants, including gathering, preparing and cooking
- Food, medicinal and other uses for each species
- Clear descriptions of the plants and where to find them
- Warnings about plant allergies, poisons and digestive upsets
- A special section at the end detailing 46 of the more common poisonous plants in the Rockies region.
Linda Kershaw has been an avid naturalist since childhood and earned a Master's degree in botany at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Following her education, she has worked as a consultant and researcher in northwestern Canada and as an editor and author in Edmonton, while pursuing her two favorite pastimes – photography and illustrating.